I’m not typically your go-to-gal for product pieces. Just not my area of interest. And, besides, I’m the sort of person that still believes in buying a watch or camera or whatever for life, even though few consumer goods are built to last these days.
My kid’s school backpack saw him through kindergarten until 5th grade, when all the zippers were broken and it was getting a little small for the big kid books he needed to lug. Likewise, we’d happened upon Laptop Lunches and he’d been happily using this Bento box like-system to take his lunch to school for six years. We weren’t really in the market for something new. (Though I did have my eye on a Tiffin Tin.)
But, truth be told, only a week or so prior I had sent out a tweet asking people if they had ideas for lunch box ideas for the middle school years. Just curious. Since I’d done no research in this arena, I wondered what had sprung up in the past seven years or so.
Lots of good looking and good for you — and the environment — options, it turns out. These planet friendly picks are made of recycled, nontoxic materials — we’re talking no BPA, PVC, phthalates, or lead.
During the course of my research I discovered that many of these eco-chic lunch carriers are designed by (mostly) moms (though a dad or two, as well) who wanted to pack lunch for their kids but didn’t want to add to the landfill waste stream. So you may never need to buy plastic wrap, waxed baggies, tinfoil, or paper bags again. And that’s a good thing: Every day in the United States, an estimated 20 million lunch bags end up in the trash. Yowzer.
And, as you’ll see, there’s a system to suit all budgets.
Now there’s a consumer good I can get behind.
Since it’s back-to-school time for many of us (my boy heads to — gulp! — middle school tomorrow), I thought readers might like to see what options are out there. You can find the story at Great Schools by clicking here.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you have a favorite product that isn’t in the mix, let me know. If you have a history with a product profiled (good or bad) please share. I think all of us who pack lunch are just trying to get something nourishing to eat into hungry hands in the simplest, greenest, most efficient, and mess-free way possible.
Speaking of which, if you want tips on what to put in your child’s lunch box, check out my post on that subject from last year: Beyond the Brown Bag Blues a.k.a Taking the Stress Out of School Lunch.
More on school lunch coming over the next couple of weeks.
[Thanks to Michelle @ What's Cooking for her tips for this article.]
[Photo courtesy: 3greenmoms lunchskins]